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- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons dried greek oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 lbs medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 -2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- grated lemon peel
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the oil, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and salt in a 13x9-inch roasting pan. Place in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Add the cubed potatoes, tossing to coat with the herb/oil mixture. Bake for 40 minutes, turning occasionally, until the potatoes are tender inside and crisp outside. Drizzle with the lemon juice, grate a bit of lemon peel over the potatoes, and serve immediately.
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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!